Here to Help: Books about Moving

By sharing stories together and having conversations about the books you read, you can help young children understand the world around them. Seeing diverse experiences represented in books helps children to explore their own identities and develop empathy for others.

Reading about a new experience, like moving, can help young children and their families prepare for the event and adjust to the changes.

Not every book is available at all locations, but any title can be requested. The children’s librarian at your neighborhood library is also here to help, with suggestions for additional titles on topics of interest–or feel free to suggest some titles to us. New books are always being added to the collection. You can find more Here to Help booklists on different topics by clicking here.

Bad Bye, Good Bye

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow a family as they move to a new town.


When Bandit’s family moves to a new house, the cat runs away and returns to the only home he knows, but after he is brought back, he understands that the new house is now home.

Before I Leave

Leaving her best friend is difficult for a young hedgehog whose family is moving, but everyone assures her that things will be alright.

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away

Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela’s best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other– but not after today–not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, the girls play amid the moving boxes until it’s time to say goodbye, making promises to keep in touch, because they know that their friendship will always be special. You can also check out this title as an eAudiobook on Hoopla and as an eBook on the Libby app.


When Mae’s family moves from the country to the city, she is sad to leave behind her beloved backyard garden but before long, she finds a way to start a new garden.

The House on Dirty-Third Street

A mother and daughter work to turn a hopeless, rundown, and dirty old house into a loving family home with hard work, faith, and the support of their new friends and neighbors.

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!

Two best friends understand that saying goodbye to one experience means saying hello to the next, but that does not make it easier when one friend has to move away.

This title is also available for checkout as eAudio on Hoopla. 

Life Without Nico

Best friends Maia and Nico are inseparable until Nico’s family has to move away. Maia then learns how to fill the void with new wonders and friendships.

A Piece of Home

When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia he struggles to adjust to his new home.

When You Are Brave

A young girl moves far away from friends and familiar surroundings but finds the inner spark of courage to embrace her new home and life. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.